Australia Day

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day is the biggest day of celebration in the nation.

On Australia Day we celebrate the things that make our country great: the people, the land, our diversity, our sense of a fair go, our lifestyle and our freedoms. We reflect on our national journey. We commit to making our country even better in the future.

Australia Day 2018 - Goovigen

Come along and enjoy the fun, food and entertainment on offer at the 2018 Australia Day celebrations!

Australia Day 2018 will be hosted by the Goovigen Community and will be celebrated at the Goovigen Community Hall. Celebrations will commence at 8:30am with the official ceremony and presentations of awards commencing at 9:00am.

There will be something for everyone on the day including a photo competition with the theme “What Living in Banana Shire Means to Me”, Dog High Jump Competition, 'Best Decorated Aussie Ute' competition, old Aussie-made working Tractor display, markets, thong decorating, kids activities, entertainment, raffles and prizes and much more!

Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the Australia Day Awards. These awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Australians.

Shire residents and organisations are asked to support these awards by nominating members of their community in appreciation of their efforts.

Award categories are:

  • Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year
  • Cultural & Junior Cultural – Artist and/or Arts Worker
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Junior & Senior Sportsperson
  • Sports Coach, Official and/or Administrator
  • Community Group or Team
  • Community Event of the Year

Nomination forms can be found via links on the right side of this page and hard copies are available from Council’s Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Nominations extended! New closing date of Friday 8th December 2017.

The winners will be announced and awards presented at the 2018 Australia Day Celebrations.

Further information in relation to the awards can be obtained by contacting Council’s Customer Service on (07) 4992 9500.




Australia Day 2017 - Baralaba

Congratulations to the Baralaba community on hosting a great Australia Day for 2017 at the Neville Hewitt Weir Picnic Area. Great numbers turned out to support the community event and to congratulate award winners and nominees for the Banana Shire Australia Day Awards.

View the list of winners for the 2017 awards.

View the list of nominees and winners.

View the summaries of nominees and winners.

View the 2017 photography competition winning entries.

2017 Citizen of the Year, Donna Reynolds 2017 Young Citizen of the Year, Emma Zillmann
2017 Citizen of the Year, Donna Reynolds                                 2017 Young Citizen of the Year, Emma Zillmann

Overall winner and 1st place in open section of photography competition - 'Christmas the Aussie Way' by Isobel Rideout